Katie is an archaeologist, wildlife biologist and long-time resident of La Grande. After obtaining her
Master’s Degree in Wildlife Science from Oregon State, she began her career with the US Forest Service
in Washington DC. A move to the Umatilla National Forest gave her the chance to re-locate to La
Grande, and 20+ years later she is still amazed at the natural beauty and diversity of northeastern
Oregon. In 2006 Katie completed a Master’s Degree in Archaeology from Washington State University
and began a new career as a consulting archaeologist. Years of studying and managing flora and fauna
in northeastern Oregon informs her understanding of how people interacted with natural resources in
the distant past, and how changes in patterns of resource use have altered the physical landscapes of
the area and the biological communities that depend on those landscapes.
In addition to her work with BMC, Katie serves as Chair of the Design Committee for La Grande Main
Street, and as a member of the La Grande Historic Landmarks Commission. When not busy with one of
the above, she is likely to be hiking, biking, traveling, studying Italian, or cheering on her favorite soccer
teams from the stands (Go Thorns!).